United States District Court, C.D. Illinois, Peoria Division
JILL A. MURPHY, Plaintiff,
CATERPILLAR, INC., Defendant.
TOM SCHANZLE-HASKINS, Magistrate Judge.
This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff Jill A. Murphy's Second Motion to Compel and for Sanctions for Defendant's Violation of the Court's Order of January 31, 2014 (d/e 24) (Motion). For the reasons set forth below, the Motion is ALLOWED in part and DENIED in part.
Murphy alleges that Defendant Caterpillar, Inc. (Caterpillar) discriminated against her and retaliated against her in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq., and the Family Medical Leave Act, 29 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq. Complaint (d/e 1).
During the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) administrative investigation of Murphy's charges, Caterpillar sent a letter to the EEOC investigator dated May 25, 2011. Motion, Exhibit 5, Excerpt of Letter dated May 25, 2011(2011 Letter). Caterpillar stated in the 2011 Letter, in part:
The Advance Systems Division (ASD) is a Caterpillar business unit that enables its customers to differentiate their products putting power to work with transmissions, hydraulic components and systems, electronics and systems integration, lower powertrains and specialty machines. Ms. Murphy was hired on September 20, 2002 at Caterpillar's Aurora facility. On March 3, 2003, Ms. Murphy transferred into an MRP Releasing Agent position on the non-exempt payroll for the Marketing Group (now called ASD). Ms. Murphy was promoted on June 5, 2006 into an exempt position on the management payroll still within ASD. She remained on management payroll until she was separated on June 14, 2010 for failure to return from leave.
2011 Letter, at 2 (emphasis on the original).
Murphy filed this action on December 20, 2012. On June 26, 2013, Murphy served Caterpillar with a set of interrogatories. Plaintiff's Motion to Compel and for Sanctions (d/e 17) (Plaintiff's First Motion to Compel), Exhibit 1, Plaintiff's First Continuing Set of Interrogatories (Plaintiff's Interrogatories).
Interrogatories 8 and 12 in Plaintiff's Interrogatories were as follows:
INTERROGATORY NO. 8:
Identify any formal or informal, verbal or written, complaints (internal and/or to third parties), grievances, EEOC charges, state agency charges, and/or lawsuits against Defendant by any employee of the ASD Business Unit and/or against any employee of Defendant's Human Resources and/or disability benefits departments, regarding a hostile work environment, disability discrimination, sex discrimination, violation(s) of the FMLA and/or ADA, and/or retaliation from January 2007 through the present. For each identify:
a. The name of the complainant;
b. Person(s) accused of ...